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“Great preserved railway line” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Downpatrick & County Down Railway
Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Downpatrick
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Owner description: The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin countryside of County Down - St. Patrick's Country - over the River Quoile and under the graceful Down Cathedral. With a mix of steam and diesel trains, and vintage carriages, there's plenty for train fans of all ages - from wee kids to "big kids". Run by volunteers, society membership entitles you to free travel.
Limavady, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great preserved railway line”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

Visited with my family on 6th July last year. Wonderful preserved railway line with a good range if rolling stock on view both outside and in a specially constructed coaching shed. Staff all very genuine and helpful eager to share their knowledge. Small scale oo gauge railway for kids too. Worth checking website for special events we took the kids back for the Santa Special at Christmas.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Derekangela
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Kanturk, Cork, Ireland
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“Downpatrick and County Down Railway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

The only full sized preserved railway on the island of Ireland. Runs chiefly from Downpatrick to Inch Abbey ,very near to the ruined 1000 year old Cistercian abbey ,which is in itself worth visiting with its lakeside setting and fine distant view of the Cathedral in Downpatrick. There is a small play area and teashop (in a an old railway carriage) at Inch.
At Downpatrick Station itself there is a selection of old rolling stock to view, some of it in a purpose built gallery, with photos and relics on display. The first and last train of the day are worked by a vintage diesel loco, of which there are several dating back to the mid 1950s, the rest of the trains are hauled by a steam loco, using period carriages.
Downpatrick Cathedral is very near the station (albeit a couple of hundred feet higher up) and the grave of St Patrick is in the Churchyard.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Richard N
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

During my late 30s I began to realize that I missed my childhood fascination with all things trains. Now at the grand old age of 41, my wife and I have visited the Down Steam Railway many times. It is the only thing of its kind in Northern Ireland (sadly). Every time we come it is wonderful. For us, the weather doesn't matter. If it's sunny, you can amble about the (now newly updated) museum and station, take the train, and enjoy the walk to Inch Abbey, and spend a whole day. If it's raining, you can still do the museum, but then get on the train, get a vestibule, sit back and relax and watch the rain hit the windows, listen to the little steam engine puffing away, and enjoy the sights and smells of 50+ years ago. Then grab a biscuit and a cup of tea at Inch, and go back at your leisure.
Nope, its not Alton Towers, it's not even Barry's, but it's run by passionate railway enthusiasts, who will answer all your questions, chat for ages, and always be obliging. I don't think it is overpriced, and dirty toilets are rectified by telling the staff, and blaming the public that left them that way.

Roll on the branch line opening one day!

Thanks to all the staff (who are exclusively unpaid volunteers by the way), we love it, and will be back in the spring!

2 Thank Nick H
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“From railway to monastic history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

Everyone enjoyed this, from the teenagers to the adults, but the older visitor who remembers the days of steam - and of these carriages - was enraptured. Although it's only a very short journey (very, very short to anyone who knows the Severn Valley Railway) it has all the excitement you expect of a steam train trip. Arriving at the other end, it's only a short walk to the ruins of Inch Abbey with its impressive view over Quoile to Downpatrick. It's easy it imagine the Mediaeval monks here in this peaceful setting. Back at the station there's time for a good cup of tea in the old railway carriage in the sidings. Not cheap, but certainly a special treat.

Visited August 2013
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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“Autumn break in Ireland”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

Lovely journey, very friendly staff, our little Cocker Spaniel loved it. It was a lovely day so the walk to Inch Abbey was very pleasant. If you only had time for one return journey then it was rather expensive as the train ride only lasted minutes, however if you had time to ride the train more than once and look round the museum it was ok.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Jan295
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